Panarchy: Understanding Transformations in Human and Natural Systems
Gunderson, L. H. (ed.)
Holling, C. S. (ed.)
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The goal of this book was to develop and test theories that explain transformational change in systems of humans and nature, theories that are inherently integrative. Two targets for integration were identified which are integration of the dynamics of change across space from local to regional to global and over time from months to millennia and integration across disciplines to better understand systems of linked ecological, economic, and institutional processes. The purpose of this book is to develop an integrative theory to help understand the changes occurring globally. It seeks to identify how economic growth and human development depend upon joint attributes of ecosystems and institutions.